Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) was conceptualized by IICA as a facility to place agriculture and rural life on the “front burner” of regional integration activities and in doing so enable:

  • the key decision-makers in the public and private sectors to better acknowledge the importance of agriculture and rural life to the economic, social and environmental stability of the region; and
  • for the major stakeholders in agriculture and related sectors to have an opportunity to dialogue and forge a common vision for the repositioning of agriculture and the enhancement of rural life.

 The CWA is the premier event on the Agriculture calendar in the Caribbean Region.  It is convened under the aegis of the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu (“The Alliance”).  From the first inaugural meeting in 1998, the two main collaborating agencies were the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. 

 In 2002, FAO and CARDI joined IICA and CARICOM to establish a core group which functions as the Secretariat of The Alliance.  Since then, the four agencies have collaborated on the management and logistics necessary for the convening and servicing of meetings of The Alliance as well as the myriad of activities during the CWA.
 In 2003, the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Cooperation on Agriculture and Rural Development (CTA) became a major partner and sponsor of the CWA activities.

To date, there have been eleveneditions of the CWA. The first was held in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. Antigua and Barbuda hosted the Caribbean Week of Agriculture on 2012. (Please see Caribbean Week of Agriculture Through the Years for entire list of hosts)

In 2013, Guyana will host the Caribbean Week of Agriculture from 6-12 October at the Guyana International Convention Centre under the theme `Linking the Caribbean for Regional Food and Nutrition Security and Rural Development’.

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Participating Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago

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